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"Taxpaying citizens need a break, we are paying out the wazoo for everything," Leonard said.
Performing Arts Center (GPAC) Task Force also gave its final presentation to the council. Unlike previous presentations from the task force, there was no PowerPoint presentation and no updates from individual subcommittees.
There was a brief presentation from task force Chair Louise Brady and Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
President Walker Sanders that gave an overview of the task force's work.
The center is still estimated to cost $60 million. Private donations would reportedly cover $20 million of the cost and money from user fees and the hotel-motel tax would pay for another $20 million. The task force now recommends that the facility be operated by the Coliseum staff.
The source of the remaining $20 million is still undetermined. Brady suggested possibly seeking state and federal grants to help fund the facility. The council has considered funding the facility up to $41 million, but due to doubts about whether a bond referendum would pass, has scaled back its possible commitment.
"The reality is we can't do $40 million, it would kill us," said Matheny. However, Matheny said that he liked the idea of user fees funding GPAC, and thought that additional money could be raised by GPAC proponents.
Vaughan thanked the task force and said it was time for the council to take the next step.
Perkins did not allow public comment on the task force presentation, despite the fact that several people were there to speak on it.
The council also voted unanimously to give, not sell, Duke Energy an easement at 4100-4199 Keely Road to relocate a large tower for the Urban Loop.
Councilmember Marikay Abuzuaiter asked about the tower's proximity to Keely Park, and City Engineer Ted Partrick said that the tower would be moved further from the park and could not be seen from it.
The council also voted 5 to 3 against a resolution for the city to rent property at 500 Benbow Road for use by the Sebastian Medical Museum.
Matheny said he thought renting property for the organization would be setting them up for failure since they had not demonstrated an ability to raise significant funds on their own. He suggested housing them in the historical museum.
During the discussion Kee said one reason they may not have been able to raise funds was because they had been dealing with an eviction from the same property.
"Jim, I love you, but if I was getting evicted I would raise some money," Matheny said.
Mayor Perkins and Councilmembers Nancy Hoffmann, Vaughan, Matheny and Wilkins voted against renting the property for the museum. Councilmembers Johnson, Kee and Abuzuaiter voted in favor of the motion. Bellamy-Small was absent.